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Kingston, NH

kingston New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Kingston
Susan H. Ayer, Administrative Assistant
163 Main Street, PO Box 716
Kingston, NH 03848
Telephone (603) 642-3342
Fax (603) 642-4108
E-mail admin@kingstonnh.org
Web Site www.kingstonnh.org

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen's Administrator: Monday to Thursday, 9-4, Friday, 9-12; Town Clerk/Tax Collector: Monday, 8-7, Tuesday to Thursday, 8-4, Friday, 8-12

County Rockingham
Labor Market Area Haverhill-Newburyport-Amesbury Town, MA-NH NECTA Division
Tourism Region Seacoast
Planning Commission Rockingham
Regional Development Regional Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District District 1
Executive Council District District 3
State Senate District District 23
State Representative Rockingham County Districts 14, 34

Incorporated: 1694
Origin: Kingston was the fifth town to be established in New Hampshire, and its charter was issued in 1694. The establishment of settlements was made possible by peace treaties with the Indians following the King's War, during the reign of William and Mary. This settlement, set off from Hampton, was chartered as Kingstown, so named in honor of the King of England. Use of the title instead of the King's name was common at the time. Kingston was home to Dr. Josiah Bartlett, president of the state from 1790 to 1794, delegate to the Continental Congress, first signer of the Declaration of Independence, and founder of the New Hampshire Medical Society.
Villages and Place Names: South Kingston, West Kingston, Carriage Towne
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 906 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Kingston totaled 3,322 over 50 years, from 2,882 in 1970 to 6,204 in 2020. The 2022 Census estimate for Kingston was 6,305 residents, which ranked 56th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2022 (US Census Bureau): 317.6 persons per square mile of land area. Kingston contains 19.9 square miles of land area and 1.2 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2022 $7,645,849
Budget: School Appropriations, 2022-2023 $16,706,206
Zoning Ordinance 1955/17
Master Plan 2013
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board/Bldg Inspector
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Budget; Selectmen; Planning; Library; Checklist; Trust Funds; Zoning
Appointed:Conservation; Highway Safety; Historic District; Historical Museum; Kingston Days; Recreation; Heritage
Public Library Nichols Memorial

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Part-time
Emergency Medical Service Part-time
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Exeter Hospital, Exeter 8 miles 99

Electric Supplier Unitil; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Private wells
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupMunicipal
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramVoluntary
Telephone Company Consolidated Communications
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2022 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $22.71
2022 Equalization Ratio 62.2
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $14.02
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings83.8%
Commercial Land and Buildings11.2%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other5.1%

(ACS 2017-2021) Housing
Total Housing Units 2,899
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 2,344
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 138
Five or More Units in Structure 314
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 103
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-Year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2022 6,305 319,424
2020 6,202 314,176
2010 6,025 295,223
2000 5,905 278,748
1990 5,563 246,744
1980 4,111 190,345
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2017-2021
Population by Gender
Male:   3,471 Female:   2,706
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 106
Age 5 to 19 967
Age 20 to 34 1,057
Age 35 to 54 1,609
Age 55 to 64 1,183
Age 65 and over 1,255
Median Age 49.0 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over 4,707
High school graduate or higher 91.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher 30.3%

(ACS 2017-2021) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $49,643
Median family income $128,039
Median household income $82,017
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $76,044
Female $56,146
Individuals below the poverty level 6.3%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2012 2022
Civilian Labor Force 3,507 3,803
Employed 3,261 3,697
Unemployed 246 106
Unemployment Rate 7.0% 2.8%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 118 156
Average Weekly Wage $933 $1,169
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 991 1,105
Average Weekly Wage $616 $1,024
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 1,110 1,261
Average Weekly Wage $650 $1,042
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 320 322
Average Weekly Wage $766 $1,025
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 1,430 1,583
Average Weekly Wage $676 $1,038

If "n" appears, data does not meet disclosure standards.

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Grades K-12 are part of Sanborn Regional (Kingston, Newton) SAU 17
Career Technology Center(s): Seacoast School of Technology
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1 1 1
Grade Levels P K 1-2 6-8 9-12 9-12
Total Enrollment 328 264 523
2022 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 3 Total Capacity: 150
Nearest Community/Technical College: Great Bay
Nearest Colleges or Universities: University of NH; Northern Essex (MA)

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Sanborn Regional School District Education 351 1966
Town of Kingston Municipal services 148 1694
Northland Forest Lumber 45 1970
Partners Bank Banking services 12 1973
Landscapers Depot Landscaping center 50 1993
All-American Assisted Living Senior Living 64 2019

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 107, 107A, 111, 125
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-495 (MA), Exit 51
Distance 10 miles
Railroad Yes
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Hampton AirfieldRunway2,100 ft. turf
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 30 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 29 miles
Portland, ME 75 miles
Boston, MA 46 miles
New York City, NY 248 miles
Montreal, Quebec 284 miles

(ACS 2017-2021) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over 3,196
Drove alone, car/truck/van 87.9%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 0.7%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 0.7%
Other Means 0.3%
Worked at home 10.4%
Mean Travel Time to Work 33.5 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2017-2021)
Working in community of residence 25.8%
Commuting to another NH community 48.7%
Commuting out-of-state 25.5%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Museums
X Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourist Attractions
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
X Youth Sports: Football
X Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
X Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): McIntyre
Other: Historical Buildings; Kingston State Beach; Kingston Days; Town Forests; Renaissance Fair; Craft Fairs; Farmers' Market

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, October 2023. Community Response Received 7/11/23

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